A house divided against itself … is the new normal…


This column has nothing to do with abortion or the trans issue or wokeness or any other of dozens of buzz words used by the left and right, but I already know that’s where most readers will go and completely miss my point. Still…

Some days, I can’t decide whether we’re getting dumber or suicidal. By ‘we’, I mean all of us…left, right and everyone in-between: Americans.  We define ourselves in very tribalistic terms of ‘us’ versus ‘them,’ so this may be a hard concept to grasp…and that’s the problem. We preach unity when we want opposing voices to shut up and fall in line with us. We practice division constantly; labeling anyone who isn’t 100 percent on ‘our side’ as the enemy. The opposite is engrained into our collective consciousness, but we ignore it. We know the words of our founders like: “United we stand, divided we fall” (John Dickinson) or “We must, indeed all hang together, or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately” (Benjamin Franklin). We could finish those quotes on a game show, but we don’t embrace them. It’s more fun to ‘own the right’ or to ‘drink liberal tears’. To be the hero of your own story, you need to have an enemy to fight, right? Right?

Randy Lynch, Sun-News editorial columnist

I’ve watched Americans turning on each other more and more over the last several years. Left leaning groups have rioted, burned, destroyed and looted property in the name of their agendas. Right wing people decended on the U.S. capitol, assaulted law enforcement officers, threatened to execute elected officials and did their level best to overthrow a legitimate election. As horrific as this all is, we’re escalating to another level. Our states are positioning themselves against each other. 

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